What motivates wikipedians?

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What motivates wikipedians?
Authors: Oded Nov [edit item]
Citation: Communications of the ACM 50 (11): 60-4. 2007 November.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1145/1297797.1297798.
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[edit] Abstract

In order to increase and enhance user-generated content contributions, it is important to understand the factors that lead people to freely share their time and knowledge with others. Wikipedia, the Web-based user-created encyclopedia, is a prominent example of a collaborative, user-generated content outlet based on the open source model, and a promising model for knowledge sharing. Given the changes in the restriction practices associated with information creation and use, and the growth of user-generated content, organizations and media outlets such as {YouTube}, Slashdot, or the {BBC}, who wish to draw on such content, must know what motivates contributors and which motivations are associated with increased contribution.

[edit] Research questions

"What motivates Wikipedians?"

Research details

Topics: Contributor motivation, Societal antecedents of participation [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The average level of contribution was 8.27 hours per week—a total that varied across Wikipedians' demographics and motivation levels. Overall, the top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution (see Table 2). As expected, it was found that the levels of each of the six motivations positively correlated with contribution level (see Table 2). However, somewhat unexpectedly, the contribution level was not correlated significantly with the Ideology and Social motivations."

[edit] Comments

"the top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution"


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AbstractIn order to increase and enhance user-geneIn order to increase and enhance user-generated content contributions, it is important to understand the factors that lead people to freely share their time and knowledge with others. Wikipedia, the Web-based user-created encyclopedia, is a prominent example of a collaborative, user-generated content outlet based on the open source model, and a promising model for knowledge sharing. Given the changes in the restriction practices associated with information creation and use, and the growth of user-generated content, organizations and media outlets such as {YouTube}, Slashdot, or the {BBC}, who wish to draw on such content, must know what motivates contributors and which motivations are associated with increased contribution.re associated with increased contribution.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Commentsthe top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution
ConclusionThe average level of contribution was 8.27The average level of contribution was 8.27 hours per week—a total that varied across Wikipedians' demographics and motivation levels. Overall, the top motivations were found to be Fun and Ideology, whereas Social, Career, and Protective were not found to be strong motivations for contribution (see Table 2). As expected, it was found that the levels of each of the six motivations positively correlated with contribution level (see Table 2). However, somewhat unexpectedly, the contribution level was not correlated significantly with the Ideology and Social motivations. with the Ideology and Social motivations.
Data sourceSurvey responses +
Doi10.1145/1297797.1297798 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22What%2Bmotivates%2Bwikipedians%3F%22 +
Has authorOded Nov +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicContributor motivation + and Societal antecedents of participation +
Issue11 +
MonthNovember +
Pages60-4 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inCommunications of the ACM +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsWhat motivates Wikipedians?
Revid11,049 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeExplanation +
TitleWhat motivates wikipedians?
Unit of analysisUser +
Urlhttp://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1297798 +
Volume50 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2007 +